When the phone rings and a panicked parent has found a tick on their child who attends camp, they often ask if we can go spray the camp fields. The solution is a little less dramatic!
Wear a hat. Ticks crawl north to the warmest part of the body, that’s the head. Ticks especially like children for their extra thin skin (easier to bite) and higher body temperature (easier as a target). If possible wear the hair away from the face and wear a light colored hat.
Wear child safe bug repellent. Although most bug repellents are not in fact labeled for tick themselves the smell often keeps them at bay.
Check them for ticks daily with a magnifying glass. The single best investment you can make it a magnifying glass and 10 minutes teaching your child how to check their arms, legs and body for ticks.
Treat their shoes with permethrin. Permethrin is a plant based product that is safe for children ages 3 and up. Clothing for sale labeled as tick treated clothes is treated with permehtrin. Mist the shoes with the permethrin solution and then let them dry, each time the shoes get fairly wet you should re-apply to the shoes. All tick pesticide applicators treat not only their pants but boots with permethrin.
Light colored clothing. Sounds like common sense to wear light colored clothing on hot warm summer days but the whiter the clothes the easier a tick is to spot.